Extras – April 2021

Little Ankle Biters



Basingstoke & District Disability Forum

Basingstoke & District Disability Forum (BDDF) – your local disability charity has launched a brand-new website.

https://www.bddf.org.uk is the address of our new website it contains information about the charity, about our services and events. There is a whole section dedicated to disability signpost information, resources and an amazing gallery full of photos of past events. You can use the sign-up form to become a (free) Member of BDDF to ensure you receive our regular newsletters and details of our free services such as mobility improving yoga, social walks, coffee mornings, etc.

As the disability champions for Basingstoke we have links with statutory bodies who regularly ask us to participate in planning stages of services which are important to people with a disability. As a member of BDDF you will be offered the opportunity to be part of these equality connections within the community, ensuring accessibility, diversity and inclusivity are at the forefront of the decision-making process.

On Friday 26th March we held an online disability awareness and information day fully packed with information about the charity services available within Basingstoke, relevant to anyone who is affected by disability either directly or as a carer. Over 35 local organisations got involved and created a short video showcasing their services, these are available to watch now via our website, Facebook page or YouTube channel. Take a look at the amazing charities here in Basingstoke who are available to support you.

Get in touch & keep up to date Please get in touch with regards to any of our updates via email info@bddf.org.uk or via Facebook Messenger.

We offer regular newsletters via email, paper version is available by post if you do not have internet access. To be added to our postal mailing list please call 01256 423869 leaving your home address, name & telephone number.

Information on all our free services are updated regularly on our social media and website. Keep up to date by liking our page on Facebook @BDDForum, Insta @BasingstokeDisabilityForum via, or tweet us @BDDForum.

Our activities are free and fully inclusive. If you want to know more about any of our work please call 01256 423869, it is a voicemail, leave your details (home address, name & telephone number) and we will contact you.


Basingstoke & Dean Borough Council

PR 9882

Don’t forget to apply to EU Settlement Scheme

European Union citizens living in Basingstoke and Deane are being encouraged to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme before the deadline of 30 June 2021.

Following the UK’s departure from the European Union, European citizens living in the UK are required to apply to the scheme to continue living, working and studying in the UK after 30 June.

More than 9,000 residents across the borough have successfully applied to the scheme.

Help and support to apply for the scheme is available locally through Citizens Advice Basingstoke and Tadley. Other support the charity will provide includes guidance on employment rights and EU employees’ rights to stay, UK citizens living overseas and looking to return and consumer concerns such as travel insurance.

As well as help and support from Citizens Advice, digital assistance is available for residents who do not have the access, skills or confidence to complete the online form by appointment. To arrange an appointment, please call We Are Digital on 03333 445675.

Leader of Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council Cllr Ken Rhatigan said: “With the deadline to apply fast approaching, it is really important that eligible residents apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to ensure they can stay living in the borough.

“We know this is a difficult time for residents and we are working closely with our partners to support residents to ensure they have everything they need to complete their application.”

Further information about the EU Settlement Scheme, including advice on living and working in the borough and useful links, is available at www.basingstoke.gov.uk/eu-settlement-scheme